Spain: Over 60 detainees in Barcelona migrant detention centre on hunger strike


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Over 60 detainees in Barcelona migrant detention centre on hunger strike
12.7.17
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On Monday night 52 detainees in Barcelona's migrant detention centre (CIE, Centro de Internamiento de Extranjeros) began a hunger strike. On Tuesday morning another 11 detainees from a variety of countries joined the 52, who are said to be from countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The detainees are in "different administrative situations", although the hunger strike was started to protest against the impending deportation that many of them are facing.

This follows another week-long hunger strike undertaken last October by 40 detainees in the CIE, which has an official capacity of 180. It was re-opened last July after being closed for refurbishment works for several months. Barcelona City Council has attempted to have the centre closed but the power to do so remains with the Spanish central government.

Sources

61 internos del CIE de Barcelona se declaran en huelga de hambre para pedir su libertad, El Diario, 11 July 2017

Medio centenar de internos del CIE de Barcelona inician una huelga de hambre, El País, 11 July 2017

Termina la huelga de hambre del medio centenar de internos del CIE de Barcelona, 20 Minutos, 23 October 2016

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